Starting next year, DC Comics will unveil SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE, two graphic novels spotlighting the most powerful heroes of the DC Universe, with their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity.
Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s greatest adopted son, as he grows from boy to Superman in SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE by J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis.
Watch from the darkest corners of Crime Alley as a young boy is struck by unbelievable tragedy that will forge the greatest crime-fighter to ever stalk the rooftops of Gotham City in BATMAN: EARTH ONE, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.
“It is monumental for us as comic readers to see Superman birthed for the first time,” Davis said. “It’s a privilege to realize that you’re the artist that gets to draw it, better yet having the luxury to do it in an original graphic novel. This is going to be epic!”
What about Geoff Johns? Well, we happen to have a bit from his first interview as well:
“BATMAN: EARTH ONE allows Gary and I to break the restraints of any continuity and focus on two things: character and story.”
Batman: Earth One is what I am really excited most for. After All-Star Batman and Robin, I have been left disappointed with Elseworld Batman titles. As for Superman: Earth One, I am still enjoying Superman: Secret Origin very much but I will still be curious as to how the new format will look. Hopefully this new series will be a success and there will be announcements of new titles. I'd love a Plasticman: Earth One.
Supergirl artist Jamal Igle on Facebook: "Now that DC: Earth one has been announced all I can think about is ...The Flash: Earth One. No it's not scheduled and i don't know if there's going to be one but I'd kill you and your mother to draw it."
I love this guy.